We find ourselves at the centre of a global health crisis which will probably continue to affect our society and culture for many decades to come. For our public and national health, we must spend time in voluntary isolation, with, at this time, no end in sight.
I propose that we use the available popular technology to communicate and interact with those around us – not only friends and family, but also likeminded strangers who share a passion for music and life.
Based on a series of simple questions, individuals will be encouraged to share their musical experiences using only their phones and the internet to produce a sixty second sound and moving image bite. (Perhaps) wearing their favourite fashion item from their past they could ‘show’ memorabilia of an event or gig, even sing or play an instrument to identify the favourite tune from their past.
Working with people who have dementia, I know that a song from their past has the power to awaken wonderful memories, and bring a smile to their faces. Within the care home situation I have seen how new friendships are formed based on their collective memories based on music and ‘past lives. This project could function as an extension of this idea.
When there are enough film-shorts, I will discreetly edit the sequences together, either as a continuous age based documentary, or, I will edit the pieces in order the viewer can follow the changes in music and fashion through the ages (in sequence). This snap-shot of popular culture from Blackpool and the Fylde over forty years will help promote ideas of community, then and now. In this project, everyday technology will be used to promote well being and even good mental health, regardless of gender or age (stereotypes).
The role of the artist will be as facilitator and editor, ensuring that the product, which might be shown on the internet, or at future community events throughout Blackpool and the Fylde, meets ethical standards which are often missing from such presentations.